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Report - Benenden Hospital, Kent - September 2015

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by hamtagger, Nov 8, 2015.

  1. hamtagger

    hamtagger 28DL Regular User
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    Benenden Hospital

    The Explore

    A couple of days before the Cliffe Forte meet me and @Urbexbandoned sat and did a bit of research of the area, i got distracted as usual by the internet because I am a man. @Urbexbandoned suggested this little gem and i'm glad she did. @Maniac and @obscurity had reported on this place a few years ago and we liked the look of the place and wondered if anything was still there worth looking at. That frontage to the main building was attractive in itself, quite an unusual layout and looked more American in architectural design in my eyes. The prospect of corridors with single ward rooms branching off like we'd seen in their reports were unfortunately no more. A lot of these are now converted into hospital offices and the like, complete with human Doctors and shit. We had a walk around the site, then decided to enter the live hospital and walk around to see if anything derpy remained. After a wander around the live bit and a nice hospital poo each, we decided that the only way to get to the corridors was to walk through the live parts, head down, awkward smiles to staff and managed to wing it through to the only remaining abandoned corridor. Rather than finding them set up like small bedrooms like we’d seen in old reports, they appeared to be just patient archive rooms and shit like that. A bit disappointed to be honest so we grabbed a few shots and headed back out past the doctors and nurses again. Had a walk around the grounds and few a few other little buildings and the swimming pool, and these turned out to be a lot more interesting, one of the buildings having rooms packed full of shiny newish looking bed and expensive hospital equipment. Not like the NHS to waste money is it? :D Right, I’ve talked enough shit…

    The History

    Benenden Hospital was founded in 1907 in Benenden, Kent and became the centre for hospital treatment for members of Trade Unions and Friendly Societies and subsequently large numbers of public sector employees who joined what is now benenden health.

    The services provided at the hospital have moved with the times. From treatment for tuberculosis - which was its original role - to the management of chest diseases, to the current day where the hospital provides a wide range of consultation, diagnosis and treatment services for most medical and surgical specialties.

    In recent years the hospital has increasingly had patients who are not members of benenden health. Local National Health Service agencies are increasing their use of the hospital's facilities, as are patients who use private medical insurance or who pay directly for their own hospital care.

    The hospital provides a range of clinical services which are tailored to meet the needs of individual patients. The hospital has a Modern Matron – a senior and experienced professional – who has the authority to resolve problems.

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    I'm not gonna bullshit you, I couldn't get into this building (not for the want of fucking trying), so this shot was through the window..
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    Filing cabinet packed full of staff records and this one in particular contained a report on a staff member dismissed for getting a bit too touchy feely with a nurse...
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    Thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated :thumb

     

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  2. Bolts

    Bolts 28DL Regular User
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    If part of the hospital is still in use, is it still an offence to have the staff records in there? Curious to know the ins and outs of it...
     
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  3. hamtagger

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    I'm guessing if the records were being stored in the large part of the hospital which is mostly live it'd be ok but the records with all the disciplinary hearings were located in a separate building which used to be a staff training suite. This building was a hundred yards or so from the big live bit, sort of like they were chucked down there out of the way lol

    Cheers for the comment mate :)
     
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    I'm just curious at to whether they count as abandoned or neglected

    No problem, I liked the report :)
     
  5. hamtagger

    hamtagger 28DL Regular User
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    I reckon they were neglected mate, it didn't look like anyone had been in that building for a number of years.
    Cheers buddy :)
     
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    Looks in brilliant condition considering!
    Shame its so far down south...
    Nice pics and report :D
     
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    Very nice. With all those windows can't help thinking it would have served as a TB hospital at some point.
     
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    @tumbles it did, we found this while researching the post office Sanatorium Society was founded in 1905 to help working class post office employees control the tuberculosis epidemic when conventional medical insurance was not widely affordable. The business model of weekly member fees was proposed by a Post Office clerk, Charles Garland.
     
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  9. Darryl tierney

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    im really interested in visiting old hospitals, and these are great pics! i defo thing been neglected!
     
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  10. obscurity

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    lovely stuff mate and good to see some more of the place. Unfortunately a large section was pulled down and new buildings I believe have just been finished. I always thought this place may have more to offer. Nice shots :thumb
     
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  11. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    Awesome set of shots mate, nicely done.
     
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    Pretty cool looking place from the outside, the pool is good too.
     
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    This is amazing, does anyone know if its still there or did they knock it all down?
     
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